Kim Riddlebarger – 1 Corinthians Commentary – Q & A

Kim Riddlebarger (Fuller Theological Seminary, Ph.D.) is senior pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California (, and for over twenty-five years was co-host of the popular White Horse Inn, a radio-internet talk show (White Horse Inn Program Archives).

He is also the author of 1 Corinthians in The Lectio Continua commentary series.

1 Corinthians commentary Riddlebarger

Dr. Riddlebarger is an ordained minister in the United Reformed Churches (URCNA), is a regular contributor to publications such as Modern Reformation and TableTalk.

In addition to his 1 Corinthians commentary, Dr. Riddlebarger is the author of three books: A Case For Amillennialism, (Baker Books, 2003/2013), and The Man of Sin: Uncovering the Truth About the Antichrist (Baker Books, 2006); and The Lion of Princeton: B. B. Warfield as Apologist and Theologian (Lexham Press, 2015).

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7 Questions on 1 Corinthians in The Lectio Continua Commentary Series

Recently, Dr. Riddlebarger kindly answered my questions about his 1 Corinthians commentary. Readers will learn how this commentary came to be, what is unique about it among 1 Corinthians commentaries, and how the project edified him personally.

1. What previous research and/or personal interests led you to this project and helped prepare you to write this commentary on 1 Corinthians?

I have long been interested in Paul’s Corinthian correspondence due to the thorny issues with which he deals. We did a fair bit of reading of background material on Paul and his Corinthians letters in one of my Ph.D. seminars under Donald Hagner. I taught through 1 Corinthians at Christ Reformed Church (where I am senior pastor) and then preached the entire epistle several years later. Reformed Christians tend to gravitate toward Romans, Galatians, and Ephesians (for doctrinal reasons). But I have long felt that this epistle has been overlooked.

2. Who is the intended audience for this commentary? Would it benefit pastors? professors? students? lay Christians in the local church?

The series is intended to exemplify the Lectio Continua method of preaching which is a systematic exposition of a book of the Bible. The series is intended for anyone interested in a non-technical, but carefully written and well-researched exposition of the books of the New Testament, from a distinctly and unashamedly Reformed perspective. As such, it should be of benefit to anyone interested in Paul’s First Corinthian letter.

3. What is unique about this commentary? What contribution does it make to studies of 1 Corinthians?

There are a number of outstanding commentaries on First Corinthians, but there are few current Reformed expositions of this remarkable book. I have tried to remain faithful to the confessional Reformed tradition while interacting with controversies of interest to folks within the larger Reformed community.

4. What section or passage of this commentary was particularly memorable to research and write? Why?

Paul’s discussion of the resurrection in chapter 15 is one of the most fascinating discussions in the whole of the New Testament. N. T. Wright’s discussion of this chapter in his volume, “The Resurrection of the Son of God” was very stimulating and helpful.

5. What personally edified you in writing this commentary, increasing your affections for Christ?

Paul’s practical and sage advice for dealing with sin and his practical solutions to real-life problems which effect churches is incomparable.

6. Besides your commentary, what are your top recommended books (commentaries or otherwise) on 1 Corinthians?

The academic commentaries by Gordon Fee, Anthony Thiselton, David Garland, and Richard Hays are all outstanding (despite occasional interpretive differences). Thomas Schreiner’s commentary was published after my efforts were completed, but he’d be my go-to recommendation for a single volume commentary. But I also keep returning to Richard Hays’ volume. He’s an excellent writer and I find him helpful even when I disagree with his conclusions. John Calvin and Charles Hodge should also be consulted.

7. What is next for you? What project are you currently working on? How can people follow your work and ministry?

I am currently working on a book on the Reformed doctrine of the two kingdoms (working title-“In the Land of Nod: A Biblical-Theological Guide for Christian Citizens in a Secular State”), a one volume commentary on the Three Forms of Unity (The Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dort), and an exposition of Romans.

People can always find my on my blog ( I post sermons and lectures frequently, books reviews, and I address miscellaneous controversies as the need arises.

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